Security Speciaist

Lorton, Virginia
Jul 10, 2020
Jul 16, 2020
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


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This position is located in the Office of Investigative Technology, Lorton, VA.
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
  • Develops classification management policies and implementing procedures for originators, recipients, and custodians of Classified National Security Information (CNSI) and Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information. Serves as an expert advisor and technical authority for CNSI.
  • Ensures that COMSEC area is properly secured or occupied by only COMSEC briefed personnel. Review access control and IDS system reports for any unusual activity particularly in any areas containing NSI storage or processing and the Firebird server. Review and finalize requests for additional classified and DEA Sensitive processing equipment.
  • Serves as a technical authority in assignments requiring the application of new theories and developments to physical security problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted security methods, technology, or procedures.
  • Interprets risk assessments and positive detection responses and notifies the appropriate authorities of a possible threat. Conducts preliminary site surveys to evaluate threat levels, working conditions, and time constraints. Utilizes such information to determine enforcement or search methods and the need for additional law enforcement support. Initiates corrective action appropriate to the threat involved, such as recommending establishment of new security systems or evacuation of agency personnel, individual facilities, and/or building complexes.
  • Conducts interviews and interrogations incident to personnel security investigations which, because of their extreme delicacy and complexity, the rank of the person being investigated, or the high potential for political embarrassment to the agency, require use of special investigative methods and techniques, a high degree of originality and initiative, and a particularly keen knowledge of the laws, regulations, and rules relative to the specific investigation.
  • Researches and identifies complex program issues or problems impacting program initiatives in agency organizational components, such as a regional office or program covering a multi-state area. Makes recommendations for and coordinates resolutions and improvements.
  • Serves as technical expert, exercising independence and political judgment in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the government, private industry, to further the agency's technology development efforts. Provides advice and assistance on developing policies and procedures for the organization's liaison activities.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position
  • Successful completion of an one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).


GS-12: Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 Federal grade level performing the following duties: reviewing requests for security clearances; evaluating position classification sensitivity level; briefing personnel and management on security policy changes; establishing and implementing security guidelines related to facilities, equipment, materials, and documents; and preparing and reviewing survey and inspections reports.

GS-13: Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level performing the following duties: investigating and analyzing a variety of security issues; developing classification management policies and procedures; interpreting risk assessments and initiating corrective action; leading and coordinating security reviews; researching and identifying complex program issues; and serving as technical expert advising management on security issues and making recommendations.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Security
  • Writing


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized for newly appointed selectees or those selectees reappointed after a 90-day break in service.

All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click here to access the Drug Questionnaire.

To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

Click the below links for additional information.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

How to Claim Veterans' Preference

Military Spouse Preference

Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application, you may review online help resources or submit a ticket to the Help Desk by accessing the 'Help Center' (upper-right of your screen, next to the question mark icon).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site .

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees and status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (months/years) of employment and duties performed.
  • Required Documents;
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College Transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, and grade level.
    Transcripts: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned.

    NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job guide.

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